For those “comfort experts” with an interest in thermal manikins, you may be interested in the published proceedings from the Sixth International Thermal Manikin and Modelling Meeting, edited by Jintu Fan from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 2006.
Included are keynote lecturers from Ralph F. Goldman on Thermal Manikins, Their Origins and Role and Use of Thermal Manikins in International Standards by Ingvar Holmér.
An excerpt, “Thermal manikins are essential tools for the objective and accurate assessment of thermal comfort or stress. They are particularly useful for investigations under harsh conditions that simulate extreme environments such as wind blown mountaintops, scorching deserts or even hostile space, but also indispensable for the development of functional clothing (e.g. sportswear, protective clothing, army uniforms) and HVAC (i.e. heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) systems for the creation of safer and more comfortable living.
Along with the development of thermal manikins, modelling of the human body, clothing and environment system is also very important as it enables us to predict human performance in different conditions.
This volume contains papers presented at the sixth international thermal manikin and modelling meeting (6I3M) held in Hong Kong from 16th to 18th October 2006. These papers cover different aspects of thermal manikin and modelling including early development history, current original researches, improvements in standardization and innovative applications.”
RBc: If your occupation includes the design and installation of HVAC system for comfort – you may want to broaden your knowledge about what comfort really is with a study in thermal manikins and other related documents such as ASHRAE’s Standard 55 – Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy.
Download the proceedings: <https://www.i3mmeeting.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/8I3M-Program.with.abstracts.pdf>
Have fun with our Thermal Comfort Calculator courtesy of Dr. Marsh